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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 99 (March 25, 2010)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between March 18-24.

  
March
18 The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Kaesong City House of Class Education put over 60 more pieces of data on display that show the U.S. imperialists' moves to provoke a war.

   18 The KCNA says leader Kim Jong-il received a gift from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Russia.

   18 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, receives credentials from Arif Mahmood, Pakistani ambassador to the DPRK.

   18 The KCNA says Han Pong-ho was appointed as the DPRK ambassador to Laos, according to a decree of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly.

   18 Kim Ki-nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Kim Yang-gon, department director of the WPK Central Committee, meet with Liu Hongcai, the new Chinese ambassador to the DPRK.

   18 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Hifikepunye Pohamba, president of Namibia, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its independence.

   19 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to his Tunisian counterpart, Mohamed Ghannouchi, on the occasion of the country's 54th National Day.

   19 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, president of Tunisia, on the occasion of its National Day.

   19 The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea sends a message of greetings to the 9th Congress of the Algerian National Liberation Front Party.

   19 A national meeting is held at the People's Palace of Culture to commemorate the centenary of birth of Kim Il, a revolutionary fighter.

   20 The KCNA says the second session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on April 9.

   20 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam will soon pay an official goodwill visit to Gabon, Senegal and Gambia.

   21 Kim Jong-il sends a message of greetings to Choummaly Saynasone, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the party.

   21 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, on the occasion of Iran's New Year.

   21 Senior party and state officials, chief secretaries of the provincial committees of the Workers' Party of Korea and other leading officials visit the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex.

   22 Rodong Sinmun says it is important for each country and nation to increase their economic independence at present.

   22 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan, on the occasion of the country's Pakistan Day.

   22 A function is held in Mundok County, South Phyongan Province for World Water Day.

   22 A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, headed by Director General for Asia and Oceania Attilio Massimo Iannucci, flies into Pyongyang.

   22 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il was jointly presented with a gift from Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, President of the Senate Chea Sim and President of the National Assembly Heng Samlin.

   22 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, meets with the delegation of the Cambodia-DPRK Friendship Parliamentary Group led by Chairman Som Chen, a member of the National Assembly of Cambodia.

   22 A meeting takes place at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Corps Club on Monday to mark Pakistan Day.

   23 Yang Hyong-sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, meets with Arif Mahmood, the new ambassador of Pakistan to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 A government cultural delegation of India headed by Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Jawhar Sircar flies into Pyongyang.

   23 Arif Mahmood, Pakistani ambassador to the DPRK, gives a reception at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Corps Club on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

   23 Choe Thae-bok meets with Liu Hongcai, new Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on Choe at Mansudae Assembly.

   24 Rodong Sinmun denounces the United States for openly using drones for violating borders of legitimate sovereign states and ruthlessly killing innocent civilians in disregard of international law.

   24 Yang Hyong-sop meets with a delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy headed by Attilio Massimo Iannucci, director general for the ministry's Asia and Oceania department, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   24 A 2010-2012 inter-governmental plan for cultural exchange is signed between the DPRK and India at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   24 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with new Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai, who paid a courtesy call on him.

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